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Oct 30, 2013 12:00pm PDT
have indoor plumbing than google, though imy want twitter more than plumbing. science is hard. >> science is hard. >> here to explain the process is nicole allen, senior editor of "the atlantic" which highlighted the inventions and inventors that shape our world. >> thanks for having me. >> what surprised you most? which are the 50 surprised you most? >> i have to say that i was probably most surprised by alphabetizati alphabetization, one of our panelists, joel, an economist at northwestern pushed it hard. his argument that without alphabetization, we would have no way of ordering knowledge and searching the information that's available. so imagine you know, try to have an index in a book without it or trying to order a library. he argued it led to the rise of societies that had phonetic letters over ones with -- >> did you find there were certain time periods or even societies that were particularly fertile breeding grounds for inno vacation and did they share characteristics? >> absolutely. the first one that comes to mind is the industrial age. so many of our innovations w
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